Popovic among Palace contenders

Western Sydney Wanderers coach Tony Popovic is considered among the leading candidates for the vacant Crystal Palace job.

Neil Warnock became the first Premier League managerial sacking of the season on Saturday, with his side sitting in the relegation zone.

Former Socceroo Popovic, 41, has impressed in his short stint at the helm of the Wanderers.

The former Palace defender and assistant led the Wanderers to an A-League premiership and AFC Champions League glory.

It led to Popovic being named the 2014 AFC Coach of the Year.

Online bookmaker Sportsbet has installed Popovic on the fourth line of betting at $9.

Former Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood ($3.50) is favourite, ahead of under-fire Newcastle boss Alan Pardew ($4.50).

Tony Pulis, Palace's former boss, is at $7.50.

Alongside Popovic are Steve Coppell, Vitor Pereira and Dougie Freedman.

“Popovic’s Asian Champions League victory wouldn’t have gone unnoticed by Palace officials and his history with the EPL club makes him a prime contender for the job," Sportsbet's Christian Jantzen said.

"It wouldn’t be a bad pay rise either."

Popovic was heavily linked with the Palace job after Pulis left in August, but the club appointed Warnock.

Wanderers face Wellington Phoenix in New Zealand on Sunday.